UBC featured in the fifth estate

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

You may have seen media coverage, regarding UBC being featured in the fifth estate program about sexual assault and harassment on university campuses. We admire the courage of the women who came forward to bring attention to this crucial issue.

I want to apologize to the women in these cases who feel they have been let down by our university. While the university had to wait until it had the necessary facts to take action, I acknowledge that the process took too long. Due process can be frustrating and time-consuming. However, the university reached an appropriate conclusion. As an institution, we are committed to justice for the survivors of sexual assault.

I appreciate the light the women have shone on this issue, and I want to make a pledge. We will begin a discussion with our students, faculty and staff on a separate sexual assault policy that will enable the university to take action in a more timely and effective manner.

We will be reviewing the steps that were taken in these cases to determine how they might have been handled more effectively and expeditiously. As an institution, we are constantly looking at ways to improve our processes to make them more responsive and effective.

We recognize that sexual assault can happen to anyone – not just our students. Support resources for faculty and staff are available at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/health/safety/sexual-assault-resources/.

In addition, you can find general resources to support your safety on campus at http://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2015/11/10/campus-safety-resources/.

Finally, let me be clear – sexual violence is unacceptable and is not tolerated at UBC. Students who have been found to have committed sexual assault following due process will be expelled from the university. Staff or faculty members who have been found to have committed sexual assault following due process will be terminated.

Martha C. Piper

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Presidential Search Update

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

Dear Colleagues

Following the approval of the Terms of Reference by the Board of Governors and the Senates, I am pleased to advise that all 21 committee members have now been appointed or elected.

Their bios are available on the Presidential Search website at http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=10426. I want to take this opportunity to thank the committee members for volunteering their time and energy for this most important endeavour.

The Search Committee recently held its first meeting, and selected Perrett-Laver as the search firm that will provide professional assistance and support. Perrett-Laver is an internationally renowned search firm headquartered in London U.K., with offices in Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. It is a global leader in searches for large public research universities. Dan Perrett (founding partner) said that UBC’s presidential search is “the most important search that Perrett Laver will undertake in the six months.”

We are now entering the significant phase of formulating the presidential profile, which will outline the priorities and characteristics sought in our next President. The contribution of UBC stakeholders is critical in creating this profile, and hence the Search Committee will engage in a consultation process including town halls on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, as well as the solicitation of input from all internal and external stakeholders.

Once finalized and approved by the Board of Governors, the presidential profile will be distributed via broadcast email as well as published on the Presidential Search website http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=10201.

In the meantime, I encourage you to submit your comments to the Search Committee through the website at http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=10215 or by email to president.search@ubc.ca

Best Regards

Lindsay Gordon
Chancellor

Search Committee Membership

CHAIR Chancellor Lindsay Gordon
Three (3) from UBC Board of Governors
Appointed Members
Ms. Celeste Haldane
Ms. Fiona Macfarlane
Mr. Greg Peet
Three (3) Senators
Two (2) from Vancouver Senate
One (1) from Okanagan Senate
Ms. Carol Jaeger (V)
Dr. Marianne Legault (O)
Dr. Rickey Yada (V)
Three (3) Faculty
Two (2) from Vancouver faculty
One (1) from Okanagan faculty
Dr. Jennifer Berdahl (V)
Dr. Paul G. Davies (O)
Dr. Darrin Lehman (V)
Three (3) Deans
Two (2) chosen by Vancouver Committee of Deans
One (1) chosen by Okanagan Deans’ Council
Dr. Gordon Binsted (O)
Dr. Catherine Dauvergne (V)
Dr. Blye Frank (V)

Three (3) Students

One (1) chosen by the AMS
One (1) chosen by the UBCSUO
One (1) chosen by the GSS

Mr. Aaron Bailey (AMS)
Mr. Tom Macauley (UBCSUO)
Ms. Amber Shilling (GSS)
Two (2) Alumni
Appointed by alumni UBC
Mr. Gregg Saretsky
Ms. Faye Wightman
Three (3) Staff
One (1) from Okanagan campus unionized staff
One (1) from Vancouver campus unionized staff
One (1) from management and professional staff
Ms. Maureen Brophy (O)
Ms. Kelly Davies (V)
Dr. Andrea Han (M&P)

 

UBC Thrive: November 2-6

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

You are invited to participate in UBC Thrive! Choose from over 50 Thrive activities and events at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Thrive consists of a wide range of activities that promote building skills and habits to improve positive mental health. Thrive topics include workplace mental health, meditation and mindfulness, learning how to speak up, preventing bullying and harassment, building resiliency, and engaging in healthy physical and nutritional habits.

Whether you participate in Thrive activities because you want to incorporate new skills and actions into your daily life, address areas that challenge you, or learn how to assist others, Thrive offers new tools to achieve your wellbeing goals.

Find an event, commit to your positive mental health, and help build a happier and healthier community for all: thrive.ubc.ca #ThriveAtUBC

UBC Thrive is a week dedicated to building and celebrating the positive mental health of UBC faculty, staff, and students. This year’s Thrive events run from November 2 to 6.

Thrive is an important part of Wellbeing at UBC, and is consistent with the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (http://hdl.handle.net/2429/54938).

Lisa Castle
Vice President, Human Resources

Louise Cowin
Vice President, Students

UBC free flu vaccination clinics starting 2 November

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review

Every November, UBC offers free flu shots to staff, faculty and students, through the Influenza Immunization Program (flu shot).

Clinics will be held at convenient locations and times across campus from Nov. 2-30. You can register now at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/health-safety/free-flu-shot-clinics-2015 to secure a vaccine on the day and session that is best for you.

No matter how healthy you are, anyone can get the flu. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly on a campus like UBC where we work, study, travel and socialize closely together. The flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself this winter.

The wellbeing of our faculty and staff is very important to all of us at UBC. To help protect everyone’s health, I encourage you to both help stop the spread of germs and consider getting a flu shot next month.

Do you have friends or family who are not UBC staff, faculty or students and would like to get a flu shot?

The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Vancouver Campus) has flu shots available for eligible BC residents. This service is for members of the public and others on and around campus who are not receiving a flu shot through the central UBC program. Please visit http://pharmsci.ubc.ca/flu for or more information.

You can also find additional clinics, including vaccination services for children, at Immunize BC (http://immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu#8/49.246/-123.116).

Thank you,

Lisa Castle
Vice President, Human Resources

UBC free flu vaccination clinics starting 2 November

To: Students in Vancouver

Every November, UBC offers free flu shots to students, staff, and faculty through the Influenza Immunization Program (flu shot).

Clinics will be held at convenient locations and times across campus from Nov. 2-30. You can register now at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/health-safety/free-flu-shot-clinics-2015 to secure a vaccine on the day and session that is best for you.

No matter how healthy you are, anyone can get the flu. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly on a campus like UBC where we work, study, travel and socialize closely together. The flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself this winter.

The wellbeing of our students is very important to all of us at UBC. To help protect everyone’s health, I encourage you to both help stop the spread of germs and consider getting a flu shot next month.

Do you have friends or family who are not UBC students, staff, or faculty and would like to get a flu shot?

The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Vancouver Campus) has flu shots available for eligible BC residents. This service is for members of the public and others on and around campus who are not receiving a flu shot through the central UBC program. Please visit http://pharmsci.ubc.ca/flu for or more information.

You can also find additional clinics, including vaccination services for children, at Immunize BC (http://immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu#8/49.246/-123.116).

Louise Cowin
Vice President, Students

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